I distinctly remember the first time I set foot inside a Church of Scientology. I was immediately struck by how friendly and communicative everyone was, not just with me in particular but person to person throughout the organization.
A few months ago I reconnected with an old, incredibly close friend of mine from my long-gone youth, a friend who had a major impact on my teenage life. Our reconnection conversation was a satisfying look back that gave me a renewed appreciation of my life looking forward.
As I continued on the last leg of my trip, I mulled over my encounters with these two men from very different demographics—two separate age groups, two different nationalities, two distinct social statuses.